XX (Paperback)
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Published: 06/06/2019
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Angela Chadwick demonstrates the abilities that scientific advances afford through the decision of a lesbian couple to give birth to a child… ovum-to-ovum. Political and ethical questions sparring with fear-mongering and vitriol, Chadwick paints a picture not too distant from today.

How far would you go for a child of your own?

When Rosie and Jules discover a ground-breaking clinical trial that enables two women to have a female baby, they jump at the chance to make history.

Fear-mongering politicians and right-wing movements are quick to latch on to the controversies surrounding Ovum-to-Ovum (o-o) technology and stoke the fears of the public. What will happen to the numbers of little boys born? Is there a sinister conspiracy to eradicate men at play?

In this toxic political climate, Jules and Rosie try to hide their baby from scrutiny. But when the news of Rosie's pregnancy is leaked to the media, their relationship is put under a microscope and they're forced to question the loyalty of those closest to them, and battle against a tirade of hate that threatens to split them apart...

Publisher: Dialogue
ISBN: 9780349700267
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 261 g
Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

One of the feminist novels of 2018 - Stylist

A pacy dystopian thriller - Red Magazine

Clever and fast paced - Good Housekeeping

Topical, probing and quietly intense - XX is a phenomenal debut - Skinny

Fantastic - completely topical, utterly believable, and that rare thing: an issue-driven book that feels like a story, not an issue - Julie Cohen

This is really, really good! A commercial Handmaid's Tale meets Humans. Timely, current, controversial - Nina Potell, Prima

Can't recommend it enough . . . Exciting and a real breakthrough

'This is politically and ethically engaging, as well as a very personal read. It shows a world that is only a few years away, and it left me with a lot of thoughts about gender and science. Excellent.' - Net Galley User

'I could not put this down, even when my heart was aching and my pulse was raging.' - Net Galley User

'Well written, perfectly paced and so timely,. Through excellent character development, Chadwick manages to explore the social, ethical and political questions raised, while still telling what is at its core a beautifully human story.' - Net Galley User

With the pace of a thriller and a sci-fi plot, XX is a cracking high-concept read - Grazia

Fresh, compelling and thought-provoking - I was completely immersed from start to finish - Francesca Hornak, author of Seven Days of Us

This timely novel looks at reproductive rights, politics and parenthood - Stylist (The best LGBTQ+ books to read this Pride)

A page-turningly plausible tale of the first two-ovum baby and the cultural ructions it causes - Emma Donoghue, Observer

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Vivienne O'Regan

“Impressive Debut”

My thanks to Dialogue Books/Little Brown for an ARC via NetGalley. I found it hard to put down this innovative work of speculative fiction and I am recommending it without reservation.

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“Interesting”

A very interesting and thought provoking topic for a book. I was really looking forward to reading it because of all the hype. It didn't quite hit the mark for me. I think it's because I personally,... More

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Rachel Bridgeman

“Dystopian novel where men face women being able to reproduce without them-heartbreaking and timely”

What an amazing-and timely!-book 'Xx' is. In it, a pioneering technique allows women to have babies with each other and explores what the consequences of 'ovum to ovum' technology could mean... More

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